The Boston Directory, 1789 to 1900, to be Digitized and Placed Online

The Boston Athenaeum has digitized its collection of Boston city directories. John Norman published the first such directory in 1789 under the formal title of The Boston Directory. Containing, A List of the Merchants, Mechanics, Traders, and others of the Town of Boston; in Order to enable Strangers to find the Residence of any Person. The 1789 Directory also included a map of Boston, lists of public offices, lawyers, medical professionals, bankers, and lists of the names and homes of engine-men (firefighters).

The Boston Directory appeared in 1789 and was published irregularly until 1825, when annual publication started.

You can read more at http://cdm.bostonathenaeum.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16057coll32.

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